African-American Women Behind the Space Race

February is Black History Month, and was first officially recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976, only 41 years ago. The purpose of Black History Month is to recognize black achievements and celebrate trailblazer who overcame major obstacles. The United States still lives under a very dark history because of slavery and the slave trade. On paper, America stood for freedom. But that freedom was denied to black America. White America, lived in a privileged world that denied human rights to others who look different.

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Diversity Grows in the World of Oscar

As the Hollywood favorite “La La Land” continues to dominate the award season, it came to no surprise as the film brought in 14 nominations. But one major aspect to celebrate is the rise in diversity in the nominees. After receiving harsh criticism with #OscarsSoWhite last year, the Academy made major strides to diversify.

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What Does Diversity in Culture Mean?

As diversity in pop-culture and mainstream media continues to be a major issue, it is becoming more evident that it is needed more than ever. More and more top companies are being pressured to diversify both inside and out, and show a true representation of the changing face of our nation.

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Race Ahead with raceAhead, Fortune’s New Corporate Diversity Newsletter

Multinational business magazine Fortune is releasing its newest newsletter on culture and diversity in corporate America, and it’s aptly named raceAhead. The newsletter aims to help leaders in the workplace make better, more informed decisions about racial diversity because we all know that discussing race at work tends to lead to awkwardness. But diversity often leads to better business, and opening up the discussion on diversity can only fuel progress.
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These Women Sought Inclusion at Lakmé Fashion Week

Women may come in all different shapes and sizes, but it’s safe to say the fashion and media worlds have barely scratched the surface in terms of representing such diverse ladies. So when Reliance Industries launched their online clothing portal AJIO at Lakmé Fashion Week, they chose some inspiring showstoppers to prove that fashion isn’t just exclusive to a cookie-cutter type of woman.
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IG’s Hatecopy Speaks to the South Asian Diaspora

As of 2015, there are 41 million foreign-born individuals living in the United States, of which the majority are from Latin America and Asia, with a small number arriving from Europe and Africa. Diasporas are more and more commonplace, with more people never feeling 100 percent connected to the place they live or the culture they come from. Toronto’s Maria Qamar, a daughter of Pakistani immigrants, has taken on the challenge of capturing the whimsical yet utterly real nuances of South Asian diasporic life in her hilarious Lichtenstein-inspired pieces.
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‘Silicon Valley’ Reflects the ‘F*cked Up’ Real World

The cast and executive producers of HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ hit up South by Southwest (SXSW) to promote the show’s upcoming Season 3 premiere. During the panel discussion, exec producer Alec Berg tackled the criticism directed at the show regarding the lack of diversity happening on screen.
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Hollywood from a Minority Perspective

The New York Times came out with an article today that featured interviews from 27 women and minority industry players in entertainment. The statistics are unequivocal: Women and minorities are vastly underrepresented in front of and behind the camera. Here are a few of their testimonials:
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Grammys Under Fire for Lack of Diversity

During turbulent times of political and racial discourse and constant debates surrounding minority representation in the entertainment industry, it isn’t easy to ignore the stark contrast between the two headliners: “a white, blond woman whose music is shorn of any explicit political edge, vs. a black man whose newest music wears its jagged edges as badges of pride.” Taylor Swift (“1989″) and Kendrick Lamar (“To Pimp a Butterfly”) may be going head to head at the Grammys, but the awards show is facing the same type of criticism plaguing the Oscars.
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